Their squad has excellent strength and depth, but distractions to this French squad could prove to be their undoing. Having disappointed in the Euros and recent Nations League fixtures, Didier Deschamps will be hoping to harmonise the team before the first match in Qatar but they feature prominently in the outright World Cup betting.
Key Players: Kylian Mbappe, Hugo Lloris, Raphael Varane
Team News: The French squad is littered with experienced quality with the likes of Mbappe and Griezmann but also has exciting youth talent coming through with Tchouameni and Camavigna. However, they seem to have yet to find the right balance. Furthermore, the French Football Federation has ruled Karim Benzema out of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar due to a thigh muscle tear, and veteran Olivier Giroud is expected to fill in his absence.
Predicted Lineups: Lloris, Clauss, Saliba, Varane, Upamecano, Mendy, Tchouameni, Camavigna, Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud
The Socceroos required a play-off against UAE before beating Peru on penalties in another one-off game to qualify for this tournament. Unfortunately, they seem to lack some of the experience which has helped in previous years and are likely to struggle.
Key Players: Tom Rogic, Aaron Mooy
Team News: Mile Jedinak was their experienced leader at previous tournaments, and they will be hoping someone can step up to fill his void. They lack a standout player to help propel them through the group.
Predicted Lineups: Ryan, Atkinson, Wright, Rowles, Behich, Mooy, Boyle, Hrustic, Rogic, Leckie, Duke